David Pogue Revisits DRM Question about Ebooks

In a blog post today, New York Times Columnist (and bestselling O’Reilly author) David Pogue responds to a reader question about DRM (he calls it “copy protection”) in light of all the recent ereader buzz, and he’s very honest and open about his (very natural) reaction to finding copies of his books out in the wild: “As an author myself, I, too, am terrified by the thought of piracy. I can’t stand seeing my books, which are the primary source of my income, posted on all these piracy Web sites, available for anyone to download free.” He then discusses sales for one of his books since we began offering it as a (DRM-free) ebook: “The thing was pirated to the skies. It’s all over the Web now, ridiculously easy to download without paying… The crazy thing was, sales of the book did not fall.”